Hong Kong has the big city specials like smog, odour, 14 million elbows and an insane love of clatter. But it's also efficient, hushed and peaceful: the transport network is excellent, the shopping centres are sublime, and the temples and quiet corners of parks are contemplative oases.
The best thing about being in Hong Kong is getting flummoxed and fired by the confluences and contradictions of a Chinese city with multi-Asian and Western elements. It's about savouring new tastes, weaving through a human gridlock and humming some dumb Cantopop tune while slurping your noodles.
Beginning as a trading port, Hong Kong emerged as a leading financial center in the late 20th century. Its highly capitalist economy is heavily based on service industries, and thrives under a long-standing policy of government non-intervention. Although the population is predominantly Chinese, residents and expatriates of other ethnicities form a small but significant segment of society. Influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures, Hong Kong's multicultural identity is reflected in its cuisine, cinema and music.
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- Great location away from the touristy side of Hong Kong.
- The Chuan Spa menus are based on traditional Chinese medicine.
- Michelin-starred dining. at the Ming Court Cantonese restaurant.
- There is a room for every contemporary taste and aesthetic.
- Bang on Nathan Road, The Mira is in the very heart of Tsimshatsui, one of the most vibrant and distinct areas of Hong Kong.